PARIS — Pierre Paulin, at 80, is one of the great old men of design, having influenced his trade with creations such as his Ribbon and Mushroom chairs. French presidents Georges Pompidou and François Mitterrand both enlisted him to decorate the Elysées Palace. As an exhibit of his furniture opens today and runs through Dec. 16 at Azzedine Alaïa's gallery here, Paulin sat down with WWD to discuss the vagaries of design and pore over his storied career. He also revealed he's starting to work again. "I started sketching again a few years ago," he said. "I'm going to work with a new manufacturer soon. But it's still top secret."
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